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New Jersey’s Jason Collier is Commitment No. 14 For Pitt



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Pitt received a commitment on Saturday from a player that we haven’t heard much from.

Jason Collier (6-7, 270) is a big lineman from West Deptford High School in New Jersey who informed Pat Narduzzi Saturday morning that he wanted to be a Panther.

Collier, who made his official visit to Pitt last weekend, was just finished up an official visit to Virginia Saturday morning.

Collier is rated by Rivals as a two-star recruit and per 247 Sports holds offers from Duke, Maryland, Syracuse and Virginia.

“After my official visit last weekend, I talked with Coach Narduzzi and was thinking of making a commitment while I was there,” said Collier. “He told me to just take my time as much time as you need and be sure. He know that I was planning on going to Virginia for an official and told me to call him Saturday after the visit and see if this is still what you want.

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“I just finished up with Virginia and I just didn’t feel like home as it did in Pittsburgh. While I was there, Pittsburgh felt like my home away from home. I’ve also loved and been a huge Pittsburgh Steeler fan and have dreamed about playing on the Steelers. I thought to myself, if I don’t make it to the league, this might be my closest contact to them. More importantly, Pitt has a great program, I’ve really bonded with the coaches. From day one, they been truthful and honest with me.”

Collier said that Pitt safety coach Jason Collier is the coach that’s recruited him and has someone he’s developed a great relationship with.

The big question is what position will Collier play at Pitt? In high school, Collier is playing tight end but has the frame and athleticism to possibly convert to tackle, much like former Panther Brian O’Neill.

“I’m going to be a tight end,” said Collier. “That’s as far as I know and I don’t know that Coach Narduzzi has new plans for me. I’m 99 recent sure I’m coming in as a tight end.

“I’m an all-around tight end. I can catch the ball and also provide key blocks on the outside when needed. I’m your basic all-around tight end.”

Collier is commitment No. 14 for Pitt, their fourth offensive player and second tight end (Collier and Travis Koontz).

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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